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"Euphoria of two young men as they meet and greet each other"

Taken by Ambroise Ngayimoko, Angolan-born DRC photographer, in 1972.

#CHAN2014 Updates: who’s through to the semi-finals?

After being down 0-3 againnst the Lions of the Atlas Mountains, Nigeria beat Morocco 4-3, scoring 3 goals in the second half and their winning goal in extra time, to make it through to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Zimbabwe made history for qualifying for the semi-finals round for the first time ever in the team’s history after beating Mali 2-1.

The heated match between Libya and Gabon saw the former team qualified by beating Gabon 4-2 in penalties.

Ghana’s 1-0 win, with a goal that came about as a result of a penalty kick, was regarded with a lot of controversy by many DR Congo fans on twitter who claim the ref did not handle the game fairly.

Upcoming matches: Semi-Finals (Weds. 25th Jan)

  • Libya vs Zimbabwe - 5pm CAT
  • Nigeria vs Ghana - 8:30 CAT

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All Africa, All the time.

Cape Town-based Congolese artist Zemba Luzamba's series titled La Sape, focusing on the Sapeur culture in Congo where men take pride in staying immaculately dressed in “gentleman-ly attire” mainly of Western origin.

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

Artwork by Congolese artist Aimé Mpane

via blackcontemporaryart

Event: In this exhibition the artists Sammy Baloji and Patrick Mudekereza present us with a contemporary take on the colonial past.
 
As artists in residence in the museum they got carte blanche in the museum collections. In dialogue with scientists from the museum they have started working with a few collection pieces dating from the beginning of Congo’s colonial history.
 
These collection pieces exhale the atmosphere of the conquest of Congolese territory by the West. The leitmotif of the exhibition ‘Congo Far West’ refers not only to this territorial conquest, but also to the contemporary Congolese artists who artistically and intellectually recapture the collection pieces conserved in the West.

Patrick Mudekereza is a writer and poet but he also writes texts for comic strips, exhibitions and audiovisual art.    

During his time in the museum he is working on a hybrid sculpture entitled L’art au Congo which raises a whole host of questions, and treaties signed with a cross which sealed the transfer of land from the local chefs to Leopold II.
 
Photographer Sammy Baloji is working on a series of photographs and watercolours from a colonial exhibition led by Charles Lemaire.            

He has already exhibited in cities such as Paris, Bamako, Brussels, Cape Town and Bilbao. 

desert-dreamer:

Africa | Bakutu woman. Tshuapa, Bodende, Belgian Congo (today, the Democratic Republic of Congo) | C. Lamote. ca. 1957

desert-dreamer:

Africa | Kuba woman decorating raffia pile woven cloth, Mushenge, DR Congo | ©Eliot Elisofon. 1970

desert-dreamer:

Africa | Kuba woman decorating raffia pile woven cloth, Mushenge, DR Congo | ©Eliot Elisofon. 1970

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Goma, DR Congo.

Photo by Alissa Everett

fotojournalismus:

N., 19 years old. Sex worker. DRC, June 2005.

“I work as a prostitute for four years now because I need the money. My family knows what I do and says nothing. I am together with my love (pimp) for seven years already even before beginning this work. He lives here with me. He’s always been against this work but since we have nothing there is no other choice. My friends pushed me into this. I had a child but he died from meningitis.”

From congo paradox

[Credit : Francesco Zizola]

(via artblackafrica)

Both in his photographs and in his short films Kiripi Katembo depicts the every day life of the inhabitants of Kinshasa as well as the instable political and economical context of his country.

Thanks to the use of the mobile phone or little video cameras he manages to film as close as possible to the street, avoiding the ban on filming of the Congolese government.

His works can also be more poetic, as in the series ‘un regard’… where he photographs people and landscapes reflection in the puddle of Kinshasa.

Kiripi Katembo Siku is a Goma-born and Kinshasa-based Congolese photographer and filmmaker. His first film Voiture en Carton was made with a cellphone and was selected at the “Pocket Film” Festival in the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2008. Siku is also a co-creater of the association “YEBELA” that is made up of young directors and photographers whose work on video and photo projects depict the every day life of the of people Kinshasa.

A small crowd of supporters of Albert Kalonji whose ethnic group is not to be represented in the new parliament gather outside the Palais de la Nation, in Kinshasa, for the Independence Day ceremony on June 30th, 1960.

Albert Kalonji was the leader, or Chef Suprême du Peuple Muluba et Protecteur Incontesté des Tribus Associées à son sort (Supreme Chief of the Muluba People and Uncontested Protector of the Associated Tribes), of the short-lived secessionist state of South Kasai during the Congo Crisis.

Inspired by president of Kitanga Province Moise Tshombe’s announcement to secede from Congo due to the political turmoil at the time, declaring Katanga’s independence on July 11th, 1960, Kalonji declared the independence of diamond-rich province South Kasai on August 8th, 1960.

Despite being a member of the same political party as Lumumba, Kalonji despised Lumumba due to the slaughter of thousands of his people, the Luba, which Kalonji blamed on the Congolese central government. This is a claim made by US CIA officer Larry Devlin, who was instrumental in securing US influence on the continent, in his book Chief of Station, Congo.

Kalonji’s reign over his secessionist state was short-lived and, after a four-month military campaign by the Congolese government, he was arrested on December 30th, 1961. Kalonji managed to escape and went on to maintain a government until October 1962.

After Joseph Mobutu’s coup in 1965, South Kasai was divided into two regions to discourage any future secessionist movements.

Kalonji, born either in 1919 or 1929 is still living.

Iconic photograph taken by Robert Lebeck in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa) during Belgian King Baudouin’s procession through the city on the eve of Congo’s independence, on June 29, 1960.

The man in the dark suit, Baodouin’s sword in hand, is Ambroise Boimbo. Boimbo, a bystander in the crowd, ran up to the King’s vehicle and, in an act of ultimate defiance, stole his sword right from his side, sealing his fate as a true and patriotic hero of Congo’s independence.

Boimbo was born in Monkoto in Equateur Province. After leaving his village, he joined the military and relocated to Kinshasa. There, he quit the army and became an electrician, and later worked under President Mobutu. He passed away in the 1980s and was interred at Kintambo cemetery.

In this short clip from the documentary Boyamba Belgique, documentary filmmakers Dries Engel and Bart Van Peel trace the life of Boimbo and find out what became of this brave man after this almost surreal incident. Going back to his home village of Monkoto, Engel and Van Peel meet Boimbo’s remaining family there - including his daughter - and, after showing them the above photograph, details of what became of Boimbo begin to emerge in a very emotional encounter.

The video, between the 7:00-8:00 minute mark, also shows a tradition practiced by some African communities were liquor is poured over the graves of the deceased, and then shared by those paying grieving or paying homage to them. 

The clip, which shows what is perhaps the only moving image of Boimbo, ends with efforts to preserve Boimbo’s memory within the consciousness of the Congolese people.

Happy Independence Day to everyone Democratic Republic of Congo!

After years of colonial rule by the Belgians, beginning with King Leopold II and his ruthless ambitions to secure colonial territory in Africa starting in the late 1870s, followed by the establishing of the Congo Free State from 1885-1908, which later became known as the Belgian Congo in the early 20th century, the area known today as the Democratic Republic of Congo officially became an independent nation on June 30th, 1960.

The fight for Congo’s independence was led primarily by the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba who would later be brutally assassinated after a Mobuto-led coup deposed him of his position after only three months in office. Lumumba’s assassination was carried out with involvement from British and Belgian governments, the United States (CIA), and local Congolese leaders who opposed Lumumba’s political developments.